Bank of Tennessee recently pledged $100,000 to a new museum being built by the Birthplace of Country Music, a nonprofit music organization in Bristol, VA/TN. The museum is scheduled to open this August in downtown Bristol.
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, will give visitors a profile of Bristol’s place in the history of country music. The 24,000 square foot museum will feature 12,000 square feet of exhibit space with a rotating exhibit gallery, music mixing and listening stations, a theater, and interactive media. The museum will also host live performances and educational programming.
Roy Harmon, CEO of Bank of Tennessee, commented that the Bank has given to fundraising programs such as BCM’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Friends of 1927 concerts. He has expressed hope that the Bank’s pledge will be the first of many to help support the museum. Bank of Tennessee has been a consistent supporter of BCM for many years. “We appreciate the opportunity to promote music and promote heritage,” Harmon said.
David Wagner, executive vice president and market president of the Bank, agreed with the CEO, explaining that the $100,000 is “part of our strategic plan to give back, but it’s also the right thing to do. Anything we can do to help the community be more successful, in the end is good for all of us.”
Bank of Tennessee, a community bank that includes six branches in Carter County, TN (which includes Bristol), is dedicated to development in the communities it serves. To learn more, visit BankofTennessee.com.